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Belfry of Mons, Mons

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The belfry of Mons is one of the more recent among the belfries of Belgium and France. This belfry, classified in Belgium since 15 January 1936, belongs to the major cultural patrimony of Wallonia. and is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1 December 1999. It is the only one in Belgium that is constructed in baroque style. With an altitude of 87 meters, it dominates the city of Mons, which is constructed on a hill itself.HistoryThe building was designed by architecture Louis Ledoux. He led the works from 1662 until his death in 1667. The work was continued from 1667 to 1669 by Vincent Anthony. This belfry is both a prestigious construction and a functional building as it served to warn in case of fire or, during the Second World War, to give alerts against incoming bombardments.CharacteristicsThe belfry of Mons does not have all possible belfry characteristics like the presence of a jail or rooms serving the Justice department, but the Hainaut province is not a region with belfries that are as typical as the ones in Belgian Flanders and in French Flanders.It houses a carillon with 49 bells.From the top of the building, the battlefield of the Battle of Mons can be observed, as well as the Borinage, the plains of the Haine and the hills and hillocks at the side of it, the cement factories and the terrils of the old coal mines of the "Levant of Mons" in Bray (Binche).
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  • I went there in October 2016. The tour was informative on the history of the belfry and the city of Mons. Interactive screens allow to discover corners of the view in explaining different anecdotes about the city and its infrastructure. The front top floor makes you discover a quite impressive old clock. I say no more, I'll let you discover... Feel free to to the top floor see the mechanisms of the bells when they sound!
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  • Once we discovered how to get in (head up the steep hill beside the youth hostel) we were so happy we made the effort! The park alone is a treat and the belfry experience excellent. Staff were super f...  more »
  • For a price of 8 euros, I expect to see more than a view through dirty Windows and some clocks. The 5 people at the reception were friendly. View the belfry just on the outside (nice) and enjoy the views over the beautiful city.
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